Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)


This week’s movie has been the 1934 RKO picture “Murder on the Blackboard.” The film, the second in the Hildegarde Withers series, was released by Warner Archive in a set of six films after being unavailable for years. The first film in the series was “The Penguin Pool Murder.”

April 20, 2015, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie begins with one of the most common opening shots of the era: New York framed by the Brooklyn Bridge.  The studios out in Los Angeles must have had thousands of feet of stock footage for just this purpose.

Here, for example, is the establishing shot of the 1932 RKO Pathe film “Panama Flo,” a mystery movie from 2014.

April 20, 2015, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a surprised mystery guest.

Update: This is Tully Marshall.

April 21, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.

This is Barbara Fritchie, who was recognized by the Brain Trust even though she only made six films, the last of which was in 1935.

Please congratulate Michael Ryerson, Sheila, Mary Mallory, Mike Hawks and Bob Hansen for identifying Monday’s mystery chap.

April 22, 2015, Mystery Photo

Wednesday’s chap is full of woe.

This is Edgar Kennedy

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery woman), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and mystery guests), Patrick (mystery movie and mystery guests) and LC (mystery movie and mystery cast).

April 23, 2015, Mystery Photo

Thursday’s mystery guest has a most impressive mustache. And he is not pleased.

This is Frederick Vogeding.

Please congratulate Patrick (Wednesday’s mystery chap), Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery chap), Anne Papineau (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Michael Ryerson (Wednesday’s mystery gent) and A.K. Witt (Monday’s mystery fellow).


And for Friday, we have You Know Who, You Know Who and You Know Who.

This is Regis Toomey, Edna May Oliver and James Gleason.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (Thursday’s angry mystery gent), Sarah (mystery movie) and  Mike Hawks (Thursday’s angry mystery gent).

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32 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  1. Sheila says:

    Tully Marshall! Love him!


  2. Mary Mallory says:

    Good old Tully Marshall today.


  3. Gary Martin says:

    What else? Laura.


  4. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Tully Marshall says which movie am I in today.


  5. Bob Hansen says:

    Is this Tully Marshall?


  6. Mary Mallory says:

    MURDER ON THE BLACKBOARD and Barbara Fritchie. For some reason, the photos aren’t coming up right now.


  7. Gary Martin says:

    OK. Then City Across the River.


  8. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Barbara Fritchie in MURDER ON THE BLACKBOARD 1934.


  9. David Inman says:

    Rochelle Hudson on Tuesday?


  10. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    This is “Murder on the Blackboard”, one of the Hildegard Withers mysteries. The acid faced gent is Tully Marshall and the lovely but doomed lady is Barbara Fritchie.


  11. Patrick says:

    Monday = Tully Marshall, Tuesday = Barbara Fritchie and the film is “Murder on the Blackboard” from 1934.


  12. LC says:

    This is Murder on the Blackboard (1934) w/Edna May Oliver as Hildegarde Withers, James Gleason, Tully Marshall, Bruce Cabot, Gertrude Michael, & Regis Toomey.


  13. Patrick says:

    Wednesday = Edgar Kennedy.


  14. Mary Mallory says:

    Edgar Kennedy today.


  15. Anne Papineau says:

    Monday … Tully Marshall, Murder on the Blackboard?


  16. MIKE HAWKS says:

    What is Edgar Kennedy complaining about.


  17. Wednesday is Edgar Kennedy playing it broad as usual. Maybe Hitler’s Madman (1943)


  18. A.K. Witt says:

    Tully Marshall for Monday.


  19. Mary Mallory says:

    Frederick Vogeding.


  20. Sarah says:

    It’s “Murder on the Blackboard.”


  21. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Frederick Vogeding is getting too close for comfort.


  22. Mary Mallory says:

    Edna May Oliver and James Gleason today.


  23. Benito says:

    Friday is Edna Mae Oliver and James Gleason. Add in the pretty young teacher and I guess it’s MURDER ON THE BLACKBOARD [1934].


  24. Gary Martin says:

    Is this Murder on the Blackboard with James Gleason and Edna May Oliver?


  25. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Bruce Cabot, Edna May Oliver and James Gleason are looking forward to mondays new mystery photo.


  26. William says:

    “Murder on the Blackboard”, 1934.


  27. Earl Boebert says:

    Well, it’s one of he Edna May Oliver/James Gleason (Hildegard Withers/Inspector Piper) delights, and since there’s a scene with a blackboard I’m going to guess “Murder on the Blackboard.”

    Nice tugboat, also.


  28. beachgal says:

    Friday is Edna May Oliver with Regis Toomey and James Gleason. Monday is Tully Marshall. Wen might be Edgar Kennedy. Tues must be the music teacher Barbara Fritchie. I guess this must be one of the Hildegarde Withers mystery movie series and this one would be Murder On The Blackboard.


  29. Diane Ely says:

    In Friday’s photo, one of the trio (man on the right) looks like James Gleason.


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